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James E. S. (Jesh) Humphrey IV

James E. S. (Jesh) Humphrey IV

Division of Institutional Integrity

Vice Chancellor for Institutional Integrity and General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
jesh.humphrey@uncc.edu

James S. (“Jesh”) Humphrey IV serves as Vice Chancellor of Institutional Integrity and General Counsel for UNC Charlotte, providing legal counsel as the university’s senior attorney and maintaining responsibility for the supervision and administration of the Division of Institutional Integrity. The Division of Institutional Integrity supports UNC Charlotte, as an urban research university, in its endeavors to achieve its academic mission and strategic plan while adhering to the University’s ethical, legal, and regulatory responsibilities. The Division of Institutional Integrity consists of...

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Samantha (Sam) Sears

Samantha (Sam) Sears

Legal Affairs

Deputy General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-5732
ssears4@uncc.edu

Samantha (Sam) Sears is Deputy General Counsel, and her practice primarily includes providing legal advice and counsel to Research & Economic Development and Academic Affairs. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as Associate General Counsel at the University of Oregon and Assistant General Counsel at Oregon State University and as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. Before transitioning to higher education law, she was a general litigation and trial practice associate at Alston & Bird, LLP, in Atlanta,...

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Jeffrey N. Jensen

Jeffrey N. Jensen

Legal Affairs

Senior Associate General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
Jeffrey.Jensen@uncc.edu

Jeff Jensen came to the Office of Legal Affairs in 2011. Jeff has over 20 years of higher education experience, having worked previously for the University of Wisconsin System and the University of North Dakota. Jeff received his JD and Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff’s legal practice at UNC Charlotte focuses on employment and personnel matters (which include all manner of human resources, academic and non-academic personnel, fringe benefit and employment discrimination issues); real property and construction law matters; disability...

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Amy S. Kelso

Amy S. Kelso

Legal Affairs

Senior Associate General Counsel
(telecommuting) Asheville, NC
828-232-4990
Amy.Kelso@uncc.edu

Amy Kelso joined the UNC Charlotte Office of Legal Affairs in 1997 after clerking for Chief Judge Gerald Arnold at the NC Court of Appeals for two years. As a transactional attorney, she advises University administrators on a variety of legal issues in public higher education law, including policy development, contract drafting and negotiation, education abroad, student conduct, athletics, governance and accountability, and compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations. Prior to her legal career, she worked in academic publishing at UNC Press in Chapel Hill. Kelso received...

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Sarah O. Edwards

Sarah O. Edwards

Legal Affairs

Associate General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704‑687‑5732
sarah.edwards@uncc.edu

Sarah Edwards joined the Office of Legal Affairs in 2012. Prior to assuming her role at UNC Charlotte, she spent two years as a judicial clerk in the North Carolina appellate court system and one year as a legal fellow in UNC Chapel Hill's Office of University Counsel. Edwards earned her BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University and her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Edwards focuses her practice on student affairs, including student safety and student discipline; harassment and discrimination complaints in both student and employment realms; institutional...

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Bradley (Brad) Trahan

Office of Legal Affairs

Assistant General Counsel
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-5732
btrahan@uncc.edu

Brad Trahan joined the Office of Legal Affairs in August 2018. Brad advises and collaborates with university administrators, faculty, and staff on a broad range of legal, contractual, and regulatory issues. Brad joins UNC Charlotte from NC State University, where he worked in the Office of General Counsel as Interim Assistant General Counsel, Compliance and Integrity Manager, and the University Records Officer. Prior to his employment at NC State, Brad worked as an attorney for Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. Brad received his J.D. from Campbell University and B.A. in Public...

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Kris Caudle

Legal Affairs

Higher Education Legal Fellow
Cato 3rd Floor
704-687-6113
kcaudle5@uncc.edu

Kris Caudle is the Higher Education Fellow for the Office of Legal Affairs. Prior to joining the Office of Legal Affairs, Kris practiced education law as an associate at Schwartz...

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